Nets GM Sean Marks: 'Kyrie's made it clear he has a choice in this matter'

The Brooklyn Nets general manager addressed the team's decision to not allow Irving to play or practice with the team until he is fully cleared under New York City's coronavirus vaccine protocol.

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SEAN MARKS: Kyrie's made it clear that he has a choice in this matter. And it's ultimately going to be up to him, what he decides. We respect the fact that he has a choice and he can make his own, and right to choose. As again, right now what's best for the organization is the path that we're taking. And I don't want to speak for Kyrie.

At the right time, I'm sure he will address his feelings and what the path may be for him. I don't know, I want to address the hypotheticals of what may happen in the future here. I think this is pretty raw, pretty fresh. I think we've got to let the dust settle. The hope is that we have Kyrie back. We'll welcome him back in open arms under a different set of circumstances. And so we need to wait and see how that transpires.

But in the meantime, we need to focus on the 16 players that are going to be on this roster moving forward with us, including our two ways. So the focus needs to be with them and our goals have not changed. The goals you know ultimately still ought to be the last team standing. And that's we're going to be. And without a doubt, losing a player of Kyrie's caliber hurts from a talent perspective. No question. I'm not going to deny that.

But at the end of the day, our focus, coache's focus, the organization's focus needs to be on those players that are going to be involved here and participating fully. All parties that needed to be consulted on this were, will there be pushback from Kyrie and his camp? I'm sure this is not a decision that they like. And Kyrie loves play basketball, wants to be out there, wants to be participating with his teammates. But again, this is a choice that Kyrie had and he was well aware of that. Again, we had multiple conversations about this. I think the conversations were good. They were very clear and clearly outlined and this is the-- this is where we stand right now today.

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